"Luxury, naturally," the theme of this eight-story, terraced bay-front hotel, is apparent in every thoughtful detail: little vases of lavender mounted outside each room; the penthouse-level day spa with soaking tubs set in a rooftop bamboo forest; and the restaurant Americano, whose outdoor terrace is packed with hip jet-setters. Handsome rooms have 440-thread-count sheets, twice-daily maid service, limestone-lined baths, and views of the Bay Bridge, Embarcadero, Treasure
Island, or the city skyline. Guests love being across the street from the Ferry Building. Wi-Fi and LCD flat-screen TVs keep businesspeople in the loop, and spacious family studios have a sofa bed or two curtained off from the main sleeping area. As one Fodorite puts it, the hotel is "modern and sleek but very comfortable and inviting."